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The Tiger Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus bellulus., also known as Snapping Shrimp, or Symbiosis Shrimp are marine invertebrates that have one extra large claw it uses to snap at prey to stun them. They are also known for forming symbiotic relationships with gobies - this can be an incredibly fun and rewarding relationship to watch in a home aquarium. The Gobies warn the Tiger Pistol Shrimp of predators and the Pistol Shrimp will share its food with the Gobies. It is reef safe and comes in many different colors and variations. It is best kept in tanks with ample amounts of rockwork, a sandy substrate, and and will scavenger for food as well as accept frozen aquarium foods. They are easy to care for making them a great choice for beginner aquarists.
The pistol shrimp is really neat, and they grow fast! We have a diamond "watchman" goby we are excited for the pistol shrimp to meet. However, we order a juvenile, about the size of my finger nail. In the last two weeks since it has arrived, it's about a third the size of my whole finger. The pistol shrimp love brine shrimp, and we are keeping it in a float-able breeding container, feed it every other day.
Arrived alive and well swimming back and forth in the bag. As soon as I added it, it found my yellow watchman goby and dug a burrow. Amazing to watch!
Arrived active as ever and almost immediately paired with my yellow watchman, now they share a large burrow against the glass at the front, which is amazing because I can see all that goes on in the burrow, Great invert, fantastic quality!